Spanish police find body of missing US tourist

MADRID Spanish police have found the body of U.S.

tourist Denise Pikka Thiem, who went missing in April as she was walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain.

She was last seen near Astorga, in the province of Leon, in early April.

She stopped posting pictures on social networks and communicating with friends on April 4.

“Following months of intense investigations, our agents have found the body of Denise and detained the alleged perpetrator,” the head of the Spanish police, Ignacio Cosido, said on twitter.

Thiem, who was from Phoenix, Arizona, was 40-years-old when she disappeared and would have turned 41 in August.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz is due to hold a news conference later on Saturday to give further details on the case.

(Reporting by Blanca Rodriguez and Julien Toyer1, Editing by Angus MacSwan)


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